Chelsea endured a third successive goalless draw in an enthralling encounter against excellent 10-man Leicester.
Antonio Conte had been wary of the Foxes and his concern proved well founded as the movement and energy of Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki troubled Chelsea.
Ben Chilwell was sent off for two bookable offences in quick succession, but still Chelsea, who had won their previous seven home games in the league, could not break the Foxes down.
What they saidChelsea manager Antonio Conte: “We played with tiredness. We suffered a lot first half, at the start of the second half. When I decided to put fresh energy [substitutes Willian and Pedro], the game changed. We created chances to score. We didn’t suffer defensively. Then we tried to win the game. At the end the result was fair.”Leicester manager Claude Puel: “At the end the feeling is mixed. A good point, against 11 at the end. A harsh sending off. Perhaps we deserve another result. I think we lost two points. Of course it’s a little disappointment, but a good feeling to show our quality and all the chances we had. The good thing is to keep this point at the end. It was the minimum.”
Tweet of the match
Star man – Riyad Mahrez
The Leicester winger was the sole man on the field who looked like breaking the stalemate, pressing and probing throughout the contest.
Moment of the match
Mahrez threw himself over Andreas Christensen’s leg in the Chelsea box, only for referee Michael Jones to dismiss Leicester’s penalty claims. The Algeria forward curiously avoided a yellow card, despite the officials obviously deeming his fall to be a dive.
Stat of the day
Chelsea slipped to a third straight goalless draw in seven days.
Player ratingsChelsea: Thibaut Courtois 6/10, Cesar Azpilicueta 6, Gary Cahill 5, Antonio Rudiger 5, Victor Moses 6, Cesc Fabregas 6, N’Golo Kante 6, Tiemoue Bakayoko 5, Marcos Alonso 6, Eden Hazard 6, Alvaro Morata 6. Subs: Andreas Christensen (for Cahill, 33) 6, Pedro (for Fabregas, 58) 5, Willian (for Hazard, 58) 6.Leicester: Kasper Schmeichel 6, Daniel Amartey 6, Aleksandar Dragovic 6, Harry Maguire 7, Ben Chilwell 5, Riyad Mahrez 7, Wilfred Ndidi 6, Matty James 6, Marc Albrighton 6, Shinji Okazaki 6, Jamie Vardy 6. Subs: Christian Fuchs (for Okazaki, 72) 6, Demarai Gray (for Vardy, 81) 6, Vicente Iborra (for James, 89) 6.
Who’s up next?
Chelsea v Norwich (FA Cup, Wednesday January 17)
Leicester v Fleetwood (FA Cup, Tuesday January 16)